Christine O’Donnell’s PAC Feeds Into ‘Culture of Entitlement’ She Loathes
O’Donnell appeared to come out of nowhere during her Senatorial run in Delaware this year, but support from conservative heroes, particularly Sarah Palin, helped launch her onto the national stage, which she readily embraced. Now she won’t go away.
Despite her 17 point loss in Delaware’s Senate race, O’Donnell still believes she carries political capital—an idea buoyed by the fact that St. Martin’s Press just gave her a book deal—and believes she can best channel it through a “new kind” of PAC.
“The focus of my PAC is not necessarily on getting behind individual candidates, but right now, more so issues,” she told reporters last night. “I want to take on projects to help raise awareness about these political issues.”
A few hours earlier, while speaking at a Tea Party event in Virginia, O’Donnell took aim at Obama’s tax deal.
Though she supports the cuts our Commander-in-Chief has offered, the 41-year old took umbrage with unemployment extensions, telling the crowd: “He’s not just creating a culture of dependency, but a culture of entitlement.”
Forget for a moment that this would-be public servant is attacking an at-risk population, those without jobs—she’s bashing herself.
Christine O’Donnell had a lackluster career before becoming a perennial Senate candidate—in addition to this year’s run, she made attempts in 2006 and 2008—and spent most her professional life working for conservative or self-created non-profits, none for very long or with much success: she spent three months at an anti-pornography group, then two at the Republican National Committee’s communication department and then another year as Concerned Women for America’s spokesperson.
Following those endeavors—all low-level political jobs—O’Donnell in 1996 decided to form The Savior’s Alliance for Lifting the Truth, an abstinence-oriented group that failed to file tax forms from the years 2007 to 2009, and now may lose its non-profit status. During her time there, O’Donnell used her position to land guest spots on shows like MTV’s ‘Sex in the 90s’ and Bill Maher’s ‘Politically Incorrect.’ Her self-created culture of entitlement began to crystalize.
In 2003, O’Donnell joined up with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a conservative publishing house, but burned that bridge a year later, when she filed a $6.9 million gender discrimination lawsuit after being fired. The ISI defended itself, and explained O’Donnell was sacked for using company resources for her own agenda.
With her career fizzling, and freelance opportunities drying up, O’Donnell decided to run for office, leading to her three failed attempts. And that brings us to today, and O’Donnell’s misguided belief that she deserves the political spotlight.
As much as O’Donnell would like to present herself as a political expert who has the answers, she’s nothing of the sort: she’s a C-list activist who found A-list fame. Now she wants to keep it.
O’Donnell’s feeding off, and into, the same culture she derides. She wants to use the unemployed as a political weapon, yet fails to mention she’s fairly unemployable.
So now O’Donnell’s forming a PAC to not only keep her relevant, but to help latch into the ever-expanding political economy, an economy she no doubt hopes can sustain her throughout the years to help build a financial future.
Yes, it’s wonderful and inspiring that any Joe Schmoe can get involved in the democratic process, but O’Donnell’s attempts to latch into the ever-expanding political economy represents the dark side of our electoral system: a person who gets a taste of public life and then proceeds to use it for private advantage simply because they can.
O’Donnell feels, in a word, entitled.